Tom has been making hand-drawn animated films since 1990. His films have been broadcast on Independent Lens, the Sundance Channel, SBS in Australia and CBC in Canada and have screened at the American Cinematique in Los Angeles and Anthology Film Archives in New York. The films have also played widely on the international festival circuit, including at Annecy, Rotterdam, Sundance, Ottawa, South by Southwest and Edinburgh, and have won over thirty festival awards. Tom received Minnesota State Arts Board Grants in 1991, 1999 and 2006, Jerome Film and Video Grants in 2000 and 2004, McKnight Fellowships in 2006 and 2011 and Bush Fellowships in 1997 and 2008. He has directed commercials for Kashi, Samsung and Hertz Car Rental and is currently a Professor of Media Arts, teaching animation at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.